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Tea sets are often made of a variety of materials, including ceramic, glass, metal, wood and bamboo.
Ceramic Tea Sets: Ceramics have been used to make tea sets since ancient times. A clay body is molded into the desired shape and then fired in a kiln until hardened. The result is a pot or cup with an impermeable and watertight surface that can be glazed or left unglazed.
Glass Tea Sets: Glass tea sets come in various shapes and sizes. Often made with borosilicate glass which is heat resistant to allow for boiling water without cracking or shattering, these tea sets are elegant and light weight.
Metal Tea Sets: Metal tea sets are available in brass, stainless steel, copper and other metals. Copper can be malleable so it can be easily shaped into intricate designs while stainless steel offers durability and corrosion resistance making it ideal for everyday use.
Wooden Tea Sets: Wooden tea sets are usually crafted from teak or pine wood that has been treated to resist moisture and give the set an attractive finish. These tea sets offer natural beauty with their warm colors and textures.
Bamboo Tea Sets: Bamboo is an eco-friendly material which makes it a popular choice for many households today. These bamboo tea sets feature a simple design that provides a cozy atmosphere as well as charming style to any setting.
Tea set, in a narrow sense, mainly refers to tea cups, tea bowls, teapots, tea trays, saucers, trays and other drinking utensils. The fragrant and mellow tea leaves with high quality and elegant tea sets can better set off the soup color of the tea soup and maintain a strong aroma of tea.
Since ancient times, there have been numerous types of utensils used for drinking tea in China, all different due to ethnicity and region. In addition to pottery and porcelain, ancient tea sets also included stone ware, bamboo ware, wooden ware, tin ware, copper ware, lacquerware, silver ware, gold ware, jade wares, crystal wares and agate wares. Tea sets are painted with various exquisite patterns that add a feeling of beauty when enjoying tea.
Modern tea sets, such as the famous Yixing purple sand teapots from Jiangsu Province and Jingdezhen white and blue porcelain tea sets from Jiangxi Province, are common in the market. High-grade porcelain tea sets include Jingdezhen blue and white, famille rose, colored-glaze tea sets and Yuxian duohong tea sets; Longquan celadon tea sets, Liling underglaze color tea sets, Tangshan new color tea sets and Guangzhou new color tea sets. In addition to ceramic teapots, glass cups, enamel cups and plastic cups are also used now. Some families also like metal teasets made of aluminum, tin and stainless steel.
In mainland China, people generally like to use porcelain or pottery tea sets; whereas in Tibet and surrounding areas, Tibetan people like to use a kind of small bowl called “Gong Bowl” for both meals and tea. The use of “Gong Bowl” is very particular, mainly distinguishing the social status of drinkers by the pattern and color of the bowl; Taiwanese people are now popular for using tea sets made of millet stones.
Tea sets, especially those that are finely crafted, are also a form of art. They not only allow people to brew and enjoy tea but also provide an aesthetic pleasure for appreciating and discussing tea. This adds an infinite amount of joy to tea culture.